“Big data” is a term being used more frequently by industry analysts, media, and enterprise organizations. According to IBM, “everyday, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data–so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” Now that’s big data. As it grows, storage vendors and enterprise organizations must shift to accommodate it all, thus, transforming storage and the flash memory within. I’ve highlighted top trends you’ll see emerging in flash this year as the result of big data.
Making the Transition – As enterprise organizations look for storage solutions that can handle the data influx faster and more cost-effectively, they are turning away from traditional hard drives and toward flash-based storage options. The process has been slow thus far because companies want to ensure these solutions work with their existing systems before rolling them out companywide. As flash based storage solutions and SSDs have more opportunities to prove their worth, we’ll see increased adoption from enterprise organizations.
Saving SLC for Small Applications; Give Us MLC – Single-level cell (SLC) flash drives have been considered the “cream of the crop” for fulfilling enterprise storage needs, but they come at a price. Companies tend to go with the cheaper option – multi-level cell (MLC). As storage vendors, including SMART Storage Systems, develop MLC-based solid state drives that provide SLC-like endurance, we plan on seeing SLC go niche and MLC go big.
NAND Flash Makes a Splash – In 2010, Computerworld wrote an article on NAND flash, stating its time of death five years from then. The five years may not be up yet, but neither is NAND. With NAND chips integrated into most SSDs and a continuous demand for them, we see NAND’s presence continuing on past the five-year mark. And with the recent iPad 3 announcement, NAND flash is in higher demand than usual and will continue to be through 2015, according to analyst group IHS.
What trends do you see emerging on the flash frontier?
- John Scaramuzzo, President, SMART Storage Systems